The Chico Police Department is a diverse organization comprised
of over 140 full-time employees, with an additional 100 police
volunteers, including Volunteers in Police Service, Explorers,
Chaplains and Interns. It is the collective mission of the Chico
Police Department to enhance and facilitate community safety.
We believe that trust and communication between a police
department and community are essential, and are built
intentionally. As such, interaction with our entire community is
a priority. This includes difficult conversations about
controversial issues. The department recently adopted a new
community policing emphasis and command structure to better serve
the needs of the community, and enhance that interaction.
While Community Oriented Policing is our model, a Police (Public
Safety) Oriented Community is our goal. There should never be
division between a police department and the community that it
serves. They are truly one in the same. While the department has
both a statutory and moral responsibility for community safety,
we know that a community that actively engages with its police
department will be both safer and healthier. That is how we view
our community and its engagement with us.
While we have and will face many challenges, we will do so
collaboratively. We are genuinely excited about the future of
this community because of this fact. I am humbled, honored and
blessed to serve as your interim chief, and to lead your
incredible law enforcement professionals.